Sources of Health Financing and Health Outcomes: A Panel Data Analysis
SMU Economics & Statistics Working Paper No. 13-2017
39 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2017
Date Written: September 20, 2017
We study the differential impacts of public and private sources of health spending on health outcomes using a triple difference approach. We find that private health spending has on average a higher health-promoting effect than public health spending. This result is robust with respect to the choice of outcome measure and covariates in the regression and driven primarily by the countries with ineffective governments. Once we restrict our sample to countries with effective governments, private health spending is no better than public health spending for improving the health outcome.
Keywords: Child Mortality Rate, Life Expectancy at Birth, Health Spending
JEL Classification: I10, I15, I18
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